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Apprentices bring fresh ideas and a new perspective

Healthy Stuff Online is a big supporter of apprenticeships and the benefits they bring. Cris West, the company’s Associate Director of Operations, tells us why recruiting an apprentice is good for business. The global health and wellness consumer brand, based in Castle Donington in Leicestershire, has been established for more... Read More

It’s never too late to learn new skills, says Emp...

Health and social care provider, Routes Healthcare, is a strong believer in the motto that it’s never too late to learn new skills and is set to extend its apprenticeship and training programme. With 10 branches stretching across the north of England, the company already has 18 of its team... Read More

Former apprentice in ground-breaking project

When Tyler Hatton first joined Denby Pottery as an engineering apprentice at the age of 16, little did he imagine that a few years later he would be heading up a ground-breaking project at the globally-known manufacturer. But in a relatively short time he became part of the team that... Read More

Working together to shape dream careers

Ten apprentices are gearing up to begin their dream career with Derbyshire Constabulary this September following a recruitment drive carried out in partnership with Learning Unlimited. The apprenticeship specialist joined forces with the Constabulary to recruit a new cohort of apprentices who will work across different departments at the Derbyshire... Read More

Apprenticeships – the key to attracting and retai...

Apprenticeships are key to both attracting young talent as well as retaining and developing existing talent, says the recruitment manager of one of the country's leading independent drinks businesses. Smashing the misconception that apprenticeships are only for young school leavers, Global Brands Ltd is not only offering people the chance... Read More

Derby company scoops Employer of the Month award

Derby-based Right Legal Group has gained recognition for fostering entrepreneurship through its apprenticeship programme, receiving the Employer of the Month award from Learning Unlimited. Wendy Taylor... Read More

New apprenticeship guide to help parents

There are so many choices open to young people these days as they plan for their future that making a decision about their next steps can seem somewhat daunting. Apprenticeships have become one of the best... Read More

Why hiring an apprentice can bring benefits

Recruiting an apprentice can bring many benefits to organisations, says Carol Thomas, Head of Operations at Derby Cathedral. She tells us why she advocates apprenticeships and why the Cathedral is now looking to hire an additional apprentice to join its... Read More

Open Evening in Derby – Tuesday 25 June

Leaving school this year and thinking of following the apprenticeship route? Or maybe you’re considering a career change? If you’ve ever thought about going down the route of an apprenticeship but not quite sure what it involves, why not drop in to our next Open Evening in Derby on Tuesday 25... Read More

Higher apprenticeships build a better future

Work-based learning is giving businesses the chance to develop employees and attract new talent, says Leah Shortt, Operations Manager at Learning Unlimited. The needs of your business are unique, and so are our programmes. In a competitive market place, it is... Read More

Networking event planned for dental professionals

People working across the dental sector are being invited to join us for a special networking event on Thursday 4 July at Chesterfield College. As part of our work with dental employers to train the next generation of professionals for work in the sector, we'll be getting together a small... Read More

Apprentices, employers and students awarded for excepti...

Exceptional apprentices, employers and students were celebrated at the Chesterfield College Group awards ceremony at Chesterfield's Casa Hotel yesterday (5 June). Apprentice of the Year, Barbara Marifini, with Chesterfield College tutors, Tim Curbbun... Read More

Manchester opens doors for its summer advice sessions

Leaving school this year and wondering whether to follow the apprenticeship route? Whatever your dream career, apprenticeships provide a great way of making that first step towards your goal. Come along to one of our special summer apprenticeship drop-in advice sessions at our Manchester office to find out what local... Read More

New dates for first aid courses

We're now taking bookings for our next First Aid courses, which take place at our Derby campus on Pride Park. A new date has been added for a one-day Emergency First Aid at Work course, with the next one taking place... Read More

Three apprentices in running for top retail title

One young person will be named as the town’s top retail apprentice this June at the 2019 Chesterfield Retail Awards. Three retail apprentices have been shortlisted for the prestigious Apprentice of the Year award, sponsored by Apprentice Town, led by Chesterfield Borough Council. Rebecca McNair, a beauty therapist from The... Read More

Apprenticeship Advice Evening: Wednesday 29 May

Leaving school this year and thinking of following the apprenticeship route? Or maybe you’re considering a career change? If you’ve ever thought about going down the route of an apprenticeship but not quite sure what it involves, why not drop in to our Apprenticeship Advice Evening in Chesterfield on Wednesday 29... Read More

New addition welcomed to team

The team (from left to right): Martin Thomas, Stephanie Fleming, Claire Leavesley and Alysha-Jo Smyth. A warm welcome to Stephanie Fleming, who is the newest addition to the Learning Unlimited team. Stephanie joins as Customer Service Advisor and... Read More

Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

It's National Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May) and Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA) is this week highlighting how simple actions can make a difference to help to alleviate stress and anxiety in the workplace. As part of the national campaign... Read More

Laura takes on brand new role

Learning Unlimited has strengthened its team with the appointment of a new Product Development Manager. Laura Davison joins the Learning Unlimited team as the new Product Development Manager Laura Davison has taken on... Read More

How management apprenticeships are opening horizons

Contrary to popular belief, apprenticeships aren’t just restricted to school leavers. Management and leadership apprenticeships are opening opportunities for people of all ages and are as much about developing professional skills as kick-starting a new career. For Communications Advisor, Simon Towers, it will give him the chance to build on... Read More

Apprenticeship opportunities revealed

Leaving school this year and thinking of following the apprenticeship route? Or maybe you're considering a career change? If you’ve ever thought about going down the route of an apprenticeship but not quite sure what it involves, why not drop in to our next Open Evening in Derby on Tuesday 14... Read More

Businesses urged to nominate food and drink apprentices...

The search has begun to find Chesterfield’s Food and Drink Apprentice of the Year in the 2019 Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards. Sponsored by Apprentice Town, led by Chesterfield Borough Council, the award was introduced last year to recognise... Read More

My apprenticeship gave me the chance to change career

A successful career switch from nursery teacher to the business world is reaping rewards for Rebecca Ward. Here, she shares what it was like to change career and how her apprenticeship is helping her reach her goals.   As a fully qualified nursery... Read More

April sees record rise in apprenticeships

Learning Unlimited has seen a record increase in the number of apprenticeship applications this spring. And this month the apprenticeship specialist provider has been asked by regional and local employers to recruit on their behalf for more than 150 apprenticeship places - an increase of 40% on exactly the same... Read More

Why employers are investing in apprenticeship programme...

Michelle Stevens, Risk and Compliance Manager at The Post Office. Apprentices can be a great source of new ideas and skills for businesses, says Michelle Stevens, Risk and Compliance Manager at The... Read More

Time to nominate rising stars of retail

The search is on to find the rising stars of retail in Chesterfield as the town gets set for the prestigious Chesterfield Retail Awards. Retail managers and shop owners are being called on by the event organiser, Destination Chesterfield, to nominate... Read More

How apprentices are making a difference at Bombardier

Leading rail engineering and manufacturing company, Bombardier, knows first hand the benefits of employing apprentices. Here, the company's HR Business Partner, Martin Kirk, outlines how apprentices are making a real difference. Bombardier has been recruiting apprentices for more than 10 years and sees apprenticeships as a crucial way of developing the... Read More

Apprenticeship Advice Evening: 16 April

If you’ve ever thought about going down the route of an apprenticeship but not quite sure what it involves, why not drop in to our Apprenticeship Advice Evening on Tuesday 16 April? The event at Chesterfield College will give you the chance to see what apprenticeship opportunities are available locally, and get advice... Read More

New training courses to drive the way forward

A training course has been launched by Learning Unlimited to help electricians get ahead of the competition and learn how to install electric vehicle charging equipment. The one day and two day courses are designed to help electricians stay at the cutting... Read More

Premier work academy offers training and jobs

Premier Inn joined together with the Workskills team at the Chesterfield College group to offer training and work opportunities for people living in the Chesterfield area. A sector based... Read More

Joining forces to harness new talent

Ten new apprenticeships are to be created by Derbyshire Constabulary as part of their long commitment to developing their workforce for the future. Learning Unlimited are currently recruiting for these apprenticeship positions across different departments at the Force Headquarters in Ripley. The roles involve a variety of clerical and administrative... Read More

Tarmac to open up new opportunities

Tarmac to open up new opportunities with launch of additional apprenticeships. Six aspiring engineers could soon be on the road to a long career with Tarmac following the company's announcement that they will... Read More

So this is what happens when apprentice turns master...

When Learning Unlimited's very own business admin apprentice, Josh Bown, was given the opportunity to take part in a job swap with his manager during National Apprenticeship Week, he jumped at the chance. Here he tells us just what happened and what he learned... Read More

Apprentice Josh takes on the challenge to be boss for t...

Josh and Leah prepare to switch jobs for National Apprenticeship Week. Learning Unlimited's very own apprentice Josh Bown has accepted his next big challenge and today (Thursday... Read More

Barlborough company blazes a trail to win top employer...

A Derbyshire company dedicated to supporting young talent has gained recognition during National Apprenticeship Week (4-8 March) for its commitment to apprenticeships, receiving the Employer of the Month award from Learning Unlimited. The team at UK Search Ltd, based in Barlborough, received the accolade after they were nominated by staff... Read More

‘An apprenticeship helped me kick start my career...

As Learning Unlimited gets set to mark its 10th anniversary later this year, we speak to one of the first apprentices… When Eddie West was looking for a way to kick start his career and wasn’t sure where to begin, he came to Learning Unlimited for advice. Through that conversation... Read More

Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week

This year is the 12th annual National Apprenticeship Week, coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, and to coincide with the campaign, Learning Unlimited has a full programme of activities lined up between 4-8 March. Careers Fair As apprenticeships are put under... Read More

Apprenticeship opens up new opportunities for Niamh

Deciding whether to study a professional qualification through an apprenticeship or to go to university can be a difficult choice. While many students head straight to university after their A Levels, for Niamh Dicks it was never an option as the urge to jump headlong into her dream career was... Read More

How savvy businesses are developing their workforce

There's been a growing skills shortage in the engineering sector, with an ageing workforce making that gap widen further. David Higham, Commercial Director at Learning Unlimited, takes a look at how successful employers are those that are growing their own talent to ensure that their businesses are in safe... Read More

Nottingham office to host open evening in March

Learning Unlimited’s Nottingham office will be opening its doors for an advice evening between 5.30pm and 7.30pm on Tuesday 19 March. The team will be on hand to offer advice and guidance to anyone considering an apprenticeship. There will also be the chance to pick up information about the Read More

Extra spaces on 18th Edition Electrical Wiring course

Calling all electricians! We have some late available space on our 18th Edition Electrical Wiring Regulations course on Friday 22 February in Chesterfield College. The three-day course, which runs on Friday 22 February, Monday 25 February and Tuesday 26 February, provides an understanding of the application of the IET wiring... Read More

Apprenticeship advice event

If you’ve ever thought about going down the route of an apprenticeship but not quite sure what it involves, why not drop in at the Apprenticeship Advice Evening on Tuesday 19 February? The event, at Chesterfield College on Infirmary Road in Chesterfield, will give you the chance to see what apprenticeship opportunities are available locally, and... Read More

Apprentices enjoy a flying start to their career

Four apprentices are enjoying a flying start to their careers after joining Loughborough-based HBF 5-star housebuilder William Davis Homes’ Skylarks development in Chesterfield. Dominic Heardman, Joshua Ford, Kieran Moulds and Sam Flavell are all busy learning the ropes at Skylarks in Chesterfield, where the award winning developer is building a... Read More

Joining forces to change perceptions of apprenticeships

Local teachers and careers advisors from Derbyshire will be joining Learning Unlimited today (13 February) for an event that sets out to change perceptions of apprenticeships. The free event aims to show that apprenticeships can be a real option for those making career choices after GCSEs and that they are as... Read More

Breakfast event to shape training for future

Regional employers across health, social care and childcare sectors are being invited to join Learning Unlimited's Employer Advisory Board to help shape the next generation of professionals working in those industries. The sector specific employer group will meet for the very first time on Wednesday 27 February at Chesterfield... Read More

Derbyshire apprentices share their experiences

Leading manufacturer, Briggs of Burton, has been awarded Learning Unlimited’s Employer of the Month for the way it has embraced its apprenticeship programme. The programme has enabled the company, which has offices in both the UK and US, to recruit high calibre apprentices that they can shape with the right... Read More

From social media guru to clock restorer, the options a...

Fancy being a social media guru, IT expert, or clock maker? Did you know you can get into any of these careers through an apprenticeship? It's no secret that apprenticeships offer learners a first step onto the career ladder, but it's not so well known that it now covers a... Read More

On the road to success

Derbyshire apprentice Tillie Wooliscroft is a shining example of how apprenticeships are all about grabbing the opportunity and making it work for you. Since joining Matlock-based Mobile Visual Information Systems (MVIS), Tillie has not only taken the role and made it her own but also managed to scoop the title... Read More

Short safety course aims to boost business productivity

Learning Unlimited is to host a short intensive IOSH Managing Safely course this spring that enables managers to get up to speed on the latest health and safety regulations and be back at their desk within the week. This concentrated three-day course is designed for managers and supervisors to help... Read More

Lunchtime discussion to tackle training and apprentices...

Businesses across Chesterfield are invited to join a discussion over lunch about training and apprenticeships. The next meeting of Chesterfield College's Employer Advisory Board will provide the chance to network and have a chat about the training issues that matter most to businesses operating locally whether that be about apprenticeships... Read More

Why first aid knowledge is a key skill

Hands up if you'd know what to do if there was an accident in the workplace. While most of us would want to be the one to rush to help, not everyone has the knowledge nor the confidence to help. Yet the first few minutes after the incident are crucial.... Read More

Apprenticeships are the way forward for Bombardier

At a time when the engineering sector faces a growing skills shortage, Bombardier is tackling this head on by growing its own workforce for the future through apprenticeships. The UK’s leading rail engineering and manufacturing company sees apprenticeships as a crucial way of developing the employees it needs – now... Read More

Apprentice Advice Evenings in February

If you've ever thought about going down the route of an apprenticeship but not quite sure what it involves, then we've got two events for you. Learning Unlimited will be holding an Apprenticeship Open Event at its campus on Pride Park in Derby on Tuesday 5 February between 5.30pm and... Read More

Learning Unlimited to host student progression event

Teachers and careers advisors are being given the opportunity to learn more about apprenticeships at a free training event organised by Learning Unlimited. The aim is to show those who provide careers guidance that apprenticeships can be a real option for those making career choices after GCSEs. It will demonstrate... Read More

Learning Unlimited extends its team

Learning Unlimited has welcomed two new faces onto its team as it heads into a busy year ahead.   Business development consultant, Rachael Wood, and Partnership Account Officer, Molly Wilkins, have joined the team. Read More

What a year for Kieren!

2018 was a great year for former apprentice, Kieren Williams, for he gained his dream job after completing his apprenticeship, achieved high grades in his studies and went on to earn the title of Student of the Year. Kieren's learning journey actually began though at the age of just 14... Read More

Office opening hours over the festive season

Our offices will be closing for the festive period at 12 noon on Friday 21 December and will re-open on Thursday 3 January. All college based off-the-job sessions will resume during the week beginning 7 January 2019. While the offices are closed there will be no one on site to... Read More

Rosie’s progress from apprentice to mentor is a w...

When Rosie Allison joined Derwent Rural Counselling Services as an apprentice, little did she imagine that she would be recruiting apprentices herself just a few years later. It’s testament to the fact that the Derbyshire charitable trust has truly embraced its apprenticeship programme since it recruited Rosie five years ago.... Read More

Apprenticeship leads to more opportunities for Chloe

It's been a year of success for health and beauty apprentice Chloe Hall. It’s been quite a year for health and beauty apprentice, Chloe Hall.... Read More

‘The sky’s the limit for apprentices,’ says Employer of...

Derbyshire-based The Martin Group has gained Learning Unlimited’s Employer of the Month award for its dedication to its ongoing apprenticeship programme.  Read More

Brand new Apprenticeship Hub opens

Learning Unlimited's brand new Apprenticeship Hub in the heart of Chesterfield College is now open. Learning Unlimited's brand new Apprenticeship Hub is now open. The information hub - in the... Read More

Awards celebrate commitment to apprenticeships

Apprentices and employers from... Read More

Finalists get set for their big night

Finalists have been announced and the countdown has begun as apprentices and employers gear up for Learning Unlimited’s National Apprentice Awards, which are now just days away. The winning names will be unveiled on Thursday (22 December) during the ceremony at Pond’s Forge in Sheffield, which is being compered by TV personality and journalist, Helen... Read More

How a trainer initiative could beat the engineering ski...

It’s no big secret that there’s been an ever growing skills gap in the engineering sector for some years. Today employers are finding it even more difficult to recruit and an ageing workforce is beginning to create an extra challenge for them. But the introduction of a new training package... Read More

Training initiative to help businesses boost skills

A new package for those wanting to deliver training in the workplace or classroom is being launched by Learning Unlimited to help businesses boost the skills of their workforce in a completely different way. With... Read More

Join us at the National Apprenticeship Awards

Will you be joining us for the National Apprenticeship Awards on 22 November? The evening of glitz and glamour at Pond’s Forge in Sheffield sets out to celebrate national apprenticeships and recognise the hard work, dedication and commitment made by organisations over the past year. The shortlist has been completed... Read More

Higher apprenticeship leads to promotion for James

After leaving school at 18, James Bateman, never dreamed he'd see the day when he would be graduating. But now he's not only graduated with a diploma in leadership and management, but has seen his career go from strength to strength due to his studies. He joined the police force straight after school and... Read More

Danielle’s new qualification has helped her progress in...

After completing her own apprenticeship, it's only fitting that Danielle Jones is now helping others follow their dream career. Danielle Jones at her graduation ceremony The 22-year-old graduated from a Level 4... Read More

Event to offer advice for apprentices

Ever wondered what an apprenticeship... Read More

Corey scoops accolade in Food and Drinks Awards

Many congratulations to cookery apprentice, Corey Elliott, who won the title of Apprentice of the Year in the Chesterfield Food and Drinks Awards last night! Corey was among a list of esteemed apprentices, employees and employers who received special recognition at the... Read More

Graduation ceremony celebrates success of higher appren...

Higher apprentices celebrated their achievements during a special graduation ceremony in Chesterfield, watched on by family and friends. The event saw learners receive their university level qualifications gained with Learning Unlimited, part of... Read More

Event to raise awareness of engineering opportunities

Learning Unlimited will be joining a prestigious list of internationally known organisations exhibiting at The Apprentice Engineer Show on Wednesday (31 October) at the Roundhouse in Derby. The Derby team will be joining the line-up that include the likes of Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, JCB, Toyota, Network Rail, and The... Read More

Cookery apprentice gets a taste for success

  Cookery apprentice, Corey Elliott, is getting a taste for success now he’s made it through to the finals for the Apprentice of the Year title in the Chesterfield Food and Drinks Awards. The 18-year-old, who works at The Lilypad Café and Restaurant... Read More

Countdown to National Apprenticeship Awards

The countdown has begun for the 2018 Learning Unlimited National Apprenticeship Awards, which is being held at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge next month. Apprentices and employers from across the country will join together for the celebration that will recognise hard work, dedication and commitment by individuals and companies. Winners will be... Read More

Event to open up opportunities for apprentices

A free advice evening at Chesterfield College on Wednesday 24 October aims to dispel the myths around apprenticeships and unveil the hundreds of local opportunities out there. Learning Unlimited’s team will be on hand at the college on Infirmary Road for the Apprentice Advice Evening between 5.30pm and 7.30pm to... Read More

Woodhead Group Scoop Employer of the Month

Nottinghamshire construction and development company, Woodhead Group, has scooped Learning Unlimited’s Employer of the Month award for its commitment to supporting young talent. The family-owned company that operates across the East Midlands and South Yorkshire, earned the title after demonstrating consistent dedication to developing its workforce through apprenticeships. That strong commitment... Read More

How to take your staff to the next level: Leadership an...

Leah Shortt, Operations Manager at Learning Unlimited highlights and provides advice on how leadership and management apprenticeships could take your organisation to the next level, by developing staff and taking them to Chartered Management status. Developing the right calibre of managers to... Read More

Commitment to apprenticeships earns Alphaweld the title...

Fabrication and welding specialist, Alphaweld has shown a long standing commitment to developing the next generation through apprenticeships. This has earned them the title of Learning Unlimited’s Employer of the Month for August. The company, based in rural Derbyshire, have a 30 year history of developing people with the right... Read More

Read Roper and Read Solicitors embrace apprenticeships

Read Roper and Read, a law firm in Manchester, has recently been awarded Learning Unlimited’s Employer of the Month for the way that they have embraced apprenticeships and offer fantastic progression opportunities as well as for their approach to rewarding apprentices. The company took... Read More

Apprentice helps school to beat fundraising target

In a fitting way to end her Level 2 Business Administration apprenticeship at Blackwell Community Primary and Nursery School, Amy Flint, organised a summer fair which helped the Derbyshire school beat all previous fundraising targets at the same time as helping them on their way to the Food for... Read More

Apprentice vacancies at Chesterfield development

Four aspiring tradespeople could soon commence their construction careers as triple HBF 5 star housebuilder, William Davis Homes announces vacancies at its Skylarks development in Chesterfield. Young people aged 16 and over from Chesterfield and the neighbouring area are encouraged to apply for the trade apprenticeships currently available with William... Read More

David Nieper Academy named as Employer of the Month for...

The David Nieper Academy, in Alfreton, Derbyshire, has embraced apprenticeships to develop their school team. This approach has earned them the title of Learning Unlimited’s Employer of the Month for June. The school works in partnership with Learning Unlimited to highlight apprenticeship opportunities to students and also has five teaching... Read More

The talent pool just got bigger. Have you considered ho...

It is that time of year when thousands of school and university leavers are breathing a sigh of relief now their exams are over and their final coursework is complete, but they barely get time to enjoy their new found freedom before considering what’s next. As an employer, this... Read More

Outstanding employers and apprentices bring home awards

Outstanding employers and apprentices were given special recognition as part of the Chesterfield College Group Celebration of Achievement Awards ceremony. The event, held at the Proact Stadium and hosted by Peak FM’s breakfast show presenters Ricky Durkin and Becky Hayes, recognised the personal and academic achievements of students at all... Read More

Bramble Lodge’s commitment to training and developing s...

Bramble Lodge Residential Care Home, near Ilkeston in Derbyshire, has been named as our Employer of the Month for May.  Their commitment to training and developing staff  and the way they work in partnership with Learning Unlimited is exemplary and has benefited the business, the staff and the residents... Read More

20% off the job training: how to make the most of it.

In 2015 the Government set out that it was mandatory for 20% of any apprenticeship to include off-the-job training to help ensure quality.  Without it, apprentices can’t successfully complete their qualification and employers could fall foul of funding rules. It is vital that employers and apprentices understand how to... Read More

The Levy: Love it or loathe it, you can navigate it.

It’s been a year since the Government introduced the Apprenticeship Levy in a bid to tackle skills shortages and boost apprenticeship numbers.  Leah Shortt, Operations Manager from Learning Unlimited takes a look at how the apprenticeship landscape has changed since its introduction and shares how employers can make the most... Read More

Sherwood Electronics named Employer of the Month for Ap...

Sherwood Electronics Ltd, leading supplier and manufacturer of standard and bespoke cable assemblies, based in Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire has been named as our Employer of the Month for April. The company has a track record of embracing apprenticeships and developing staff to fit strategically with the growth of the company.... Read More

Wilson Howe named as Learning Unlimited Employer of the...

Wilson Howe Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors are a small business with big plans and their apprentices are an integral part of their growth strategy. They see apprentices as an investment for the future and they are really looking after that investment. It is the way they nurture their... Read More

The truth about apprenticeships

Thinking of studying an apprenticeship? Don’t let the myths put you off. Before you make that all important decision about your next steps, we’ve put together some of the misconceptions surrounding apprenticeships to put the record straight. An apprenticeship isn’t a real job An apprenticeship is on the job training... Read More

Ashgate Hospicecare named as Employer of the Month

Ashgate Hospicecare has been named as Learning Unlimited’s Employer of the Month. The organisation, based in Chesterfield, was recognised for demonstrating a huge commitment to developing apprentices and giving them the skills for a successful future career. Working with Learning Unlimited, the organisation ensures that apprentices have a meaningful and... Read More

Apprenticeships will be in the hotseat during National...

To coincide with  National Apprenticeship Week  we will be broadcasting a live 30 minute programme on 8th March at 11am to give school pupils, teachers and parents the chance to find out everything there is to know about how apprenticeships work. Our expert panel of apprentices, employers and staff from Learning... Read More

Cullum Detuners named as Employer of the Month

Specialist engineering company Cullum Detuners were named as Employer of the Month recently after being recognised for their passion, commitment and supportive approach to developing young people through apprenticeships. Nas Anwar, HR Assistant at Cullum Detuners told us why apprenticeships are so important to them. She said: “We see apprenticeships as... Read More

Fox’s Biscuits see English as key ingredient to success

11 members of staff at Fox’s Biscuits production facility in Batley have undergone an ESOL course (English for Speakers of Other Languages) through Learning Unlimited leading to boosted staff morale and potential progression through the business. More courses are now planned to run as the business makes a big... Read More

Higher Apprentices celebrate their graduation

Higher Apprentices celebrated achieving university level qualifications when they attended Chesterfield College group graduation ceremony at Casa Hotel in Chesterfield last week.   Family and friends joined the graduates at the celebration along with representatives from awarding body universities including Staffordshire University, Sheffield Hallam University and University of Derby. Read More

Apprentice shortlisted in Derbyshire Times Business Awa...

Former apprentice now full time employee at Glapwell Engineering Services Ltd, Joe Oakes, has been shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year in the Derbyshire Times Business Awards taking place this evening at the Casa Hotel in Chesterfield. Joe was nominated because of the outstanding commitment he showed during his apprenticeship... Read More

A Rock Construction recognised for their commitment to...

A Rock Construction Ltd have been crowned Employer of the Month for September 2017. The construction company, based in Chesterfield, specialise in design, build and property maintenance. They were recognised for their dedication and commitment to providing numerous opportunities for their apprentices. HR and Training Project Manager, Joyce Miles said:... Read More

Apprentices pass with flying colours at Derbyshire Cons...

Apprentices at Derbyshire Constabulary celebrate great start to their career Eleven talented young people are celebrating after completing their apprenticeships with Derbyshire Constabulary. A special ceremony was held at the force’s headquarters in Ripley last week where... Read More

Sulzer named as first Learning Unlimited Employer of th...

Electrical engineering company, Sulzer is the first to be named as our Employer of the month in an initative which is designed to reward organisations which show a high level of commitment to the apprenticeship model and go above and beyond to get the most out of their apprentices... Read More

Celebrating award-winning engineering talent with Tarma...

Major local employer Tarmac is marking its long-standing partnership with the Chesterfield College Group by celebrating more award-winning talent at the company, through the success of 20-year-old Apprentice Molly Bardwell, who has just been chosen as the College’s ‘Student of the Year’. Molly’s ‘determination to succeed in her academic and... Read More

Working with…Smith of Derby

We speak with Tony Charlesworth, Sales Manager at Smith of Derby, a clockmakers based in Derby. Smith are utilising apprenticeships to give the next generation of clockmakers the skills to drive the business forward for years to come.   Read More

Interested in teaching? Come to our Train to Teach show...

Our Train to Teach showcase event is the perfect opportunity to learn more about our high quality teaching programmes. From early years to adult education and even work-based training, we have a huge range of teaching qualifications for you to choose... Read More

Rayburn Tours think apprentices are the perfect fit

Derby based Rayburn Tours provide superb value Educational Trips, School Ski Trips, Sports and Concert Tours, abroad and in the UK for Schools, Youth & Music Groups. With apprentices embedded firmly in their day to day productivity we decided to... Read More

Exciting opportunity for budding chefs to work across t...

The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s estate, which includes the famous local attraction of Chatsworth, is offering seven fantastic apprenticeships, to young people with a passion for food and a desire to train as chefs. The successful apprentices will get the opportunity to work across the Devonshire Group’s  three acclaimed... Read More

Traineeships on offer with Derby County Community Trust

The Chesterfield College Group and Derby County Community Trust are looking for unemployed young people with a passion for carving a career in sports coaching and development to join their traineeship scheme at the Derby County ground.  The traineeship offers... Read More

A chance to shine at the National Apprenticeship Awards

If you’ve got an inspirational story to tell about the success apprenticeships have brought you, the National Apprenticeship Awards could be the perfect way to get some recognition for them. The 2017 awards are now open for nominations. The judges are looking for employers and apprentices who have shown an... Read More

Employers are invited to shape the skills of the next g...

Employers and key stakeholders from across the health, leisure, education and public service sectors will gather together on 16th May to help shape and influence the skills Chesterfield College Group will deliver to the workforce of the future. The event allows employers and key stakeholders to highlight which skills are... Read More

Learning Unlimited seeks training providers for nationa...

Learning Unlimited, part of the Chesterfield College Group, is currently seeking training providers to join a preferred supplier list for the delivery of apprenticeship training where it cannot be delivered in-house. Read More

Awards ceremony celebrates apprenticeships in Derbyshir...

Apprentices and employers from across Derbyshire were recognised for excellence at Learning Unlimited’s awards ceremony held at Pride Park in Derby last night. There were 30 shortlisted apprentices and employers across the 11 categories of awards. The award categories were designed to celebrate the dedication and drive of apprentices at... Read More

Survey reveals parent power can unlock the potential of...

Learning Unlimited say parents could hold the power to help their children make the right career and study choices. They have pledged to help them get the right information after the findings of their survey highlighted that misconceptions about modern apprenticeships could mean young people aren’t getting the right... Read More

Chesterfield College Group welcomes new Principal and C...

Julie Richards, Deputy Principal of Chesterfield College, commences in her new role as Principal and Chief Executive of The Chesterfield College Group, which includes Learning Unlimited, today. Julie, who was born and has lived in Chesterfield her entire life, has worked in Further Education for almost 30 years. She has... Read More

Apprenticeship Service launched for levy paying employe...

In preparation for the launch of the apprenticeship levy on 6 April this year, we are encouraging all of our levy-paying employers to register for the online Apprenticeship Service. This is a useful tool that will enable you to manage the finances of your apprenticeship programme under the new... Read More

Kingswood offer traineeships and apprenticeships for un...

Outdoor learning specialist, Kingswood, is working with Learning Unlimited to offer up to 100 unemployed people a short course designed to give them the skills they need to start an apprenticeship in outdoor education.  The recruits, who should be passionate about the great outdoors, will get essential work experience... Read More

More Derby office open evening dates announced!

Our Derby office have been really busy at the last two open evenings so we've decided to put some more on for anyone looking to find out more about becoming an apprentice or taking an apprentice on. Tuesday 21st March 2017 5.30pm – 8.00pm Tuesday 9th May 2017 5.30pm –... Read More

Working with..Fieldings Porter Solicitors

Our Manchester team have been working closely with Bolton based Fieldings Porter Solicitors to provide a number of business admin apprentices to support the business. Here's what Peter, one of the firm's partners has to say about the whole experience.   Read More

Boosting English skills for staff gives Kerry Foods une...

When bosses at Burton based Kerry Foods offered their multi-ethnic workforce the chance to improve their English skills they knew it would help with productivity, communications and team work but, what they didn’t expect was the boost to morale it provided along with opportunities for succession planning and promotion. Staff... Read More

Derby office to hold Open Evening on the 10th January

Our Derby office is holding an Open Evening on Tuesday 10th January, 5.30-8pm (directions here) Guests are welcome to drop in at any stage of the evening but informative presentations on apprenticeships are to be held at 6pm and 7pm. In addition to finding... Read More

Apprentices bring WorldSkills UK medals back to Derbysh...

Talented automotive repair and refinishing apprentices and an engineering apprentice studying with Learning Unlimited, part of the Chesterfield College group, have brought two gold and one silver medal back to Derbyshire after competing in Worldskills UK during the Skills Show at Birmingham’s NEC last week. After qualifying in regional heats,... Read More

Automotive apprentices ready to compete at WorldSkills...

Later this week three talented automotive apprentices from Chesterfield College will be heading to Birmingham to compete in the auto-refinishing and repair categories of Worldskills UK at the NEC. Automotive Body Repair apprentices Harry Devine and Shawn Dyson and Automotive Refinishing apprentice Mike Massey will take part in the annual... Read More

Engineering apprentice all set for WorldSkills UK compe...

Sam Sibert, CNC machinist and higher level apprentice at BG Engineering in Chesterfield, is one of four finalists selected from across the country to compete against the best of the best students and apprentices from across the UK in the high profile WorldSkills UK competition taking place in Birmingham... Read More

A night of winners at the Chesterfield Food and Drink A...

What a night at the Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards last week! Not only was it a very inspiring evening full of impressive businesses setting a very high standard in catering and hospitality but we had not 1, not 2, but... Read More

Take advantage of fully funded training before April 20...

The Employer Engagement Team at Learning Unlimited are urging employers to take a look at their skill gaps to identify how they might be able to take advantage of the free training for staff before the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy next April. Apprenticeships will no longer be fully funded by... Read More

Chief Constable welcomes 11 new apprentices to Derbyshi...

Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary, Mick Creedon welcomed 11 new apprentices to the organisation this week. The talented 16-19 year olds will be kick-starting their careers by carrying out business and administration roles in a range of departments supporting the work of the police force from crime support to human... Read More

Open Evening at our Derby centre, Tues 01 Nov, 5.30-8pm

Come and speak to our advisors at the Learning Unlimited centre in Derby, located on Pride Park. We have 100s of apprenticeship vacancies across Derbyshire. Take a tour of our state-of-the-art training facility Get free careers advice Find out how you... Read More

Apprentice shortlisted as trainee of the year in presti...

Talented apprentice, Greg Kasowicz is celebrating after being told he has been shortlisted as trainee of the year in the prestigious British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Awards. Bosses at Derbyshire based Gowercroft Joinery nominated him after the work he did led to massive business benefits for them. Greg’s role in revolutionising... Read More

Megan’s commitment to a career in childcare makes her a...

Megan Cameron battled against the school bullies and difficult personal circumstances to make sure she got the training and skills she needed for her dream job in childcare. Her hard work and determination meant she was awarded as Apprentice of the Year at Chesterfield College’s annual Celebration of Achievement. Megan’s... Read More

Upcoming Open Events

Open days at Learning Unlimited Derby, Unit 15-21, Royal Scot Road, Derby, DE24 8AJ: Wednesday 29th June Tuesday 12th July Monday 15th August Come along and find out about what an apprenticeship or traineeship involves, speak with tutors, current apprentices and advisors who can let you know what vacancies are available... Read More

The hunt is on to find 13 apprentices to join Derbyshir...

The hunt is on to find 13 apprentices to join Derbyshire Constabulary in administration and IT roles across different departments of the Force. Working with Learning Unlimited, Derbyshire Constabulary are searching for candidates who want to kick-start their career with the organisation. The apprenticeship positions are based across many departments of the... Read More

NHS trust offers 10 traineeship opportunities for unemp...

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust is working with Learning Unlimited to offer an exciting opportunity for 10 unemployed 18-24 year olds to get essential work experience and develop key employability skills through a traineeship programme that starts at the end of February in the Chesterfield area. Both organisations... Read More

Preparing for the Apprenticeship Levy

We’ve recently forged a new partnership with Employee Management Limited which provides HR, Employment Law and H&S support to businesses in the North West. They also work with clients across the UK and beyond, ranging in size from owner-managed businesses to national, multi-site organisations. EML have written a great blog... Read More

Chloe is cooking up a promising career with an apprenti...

Chloe Perrin is 16 years old and is just 9 months into a 14 month food production and cooking apprenticeship at the prestigious Peak Edge Hotel at Stonedge in Derbyshire. She has already made a big impact and is planning a bright future based on what she has learnt... Read More

Apprenticeships are vital to success for precision engi...

For one Derbyshire company, apprenticeships are nothing new but they claim they are vital to their success in the precision engineering market. It’s not surprising then that Slack and Parr have invested heavily in apprenticeships for the last 50 years and plan to carry on. They take on up to... Read More

Careers Fair – Are you looking for a new challeng...

11th February, 4-7pm Chesterfield College, Infirmary Road campus, S41 7NG Learning Unlimited, part of the Chesterfield College Group, is currently looking to meet a range of talented people looking to secure roles as Work-Based Tutors, Business Advisors, Recruitment Advisors and Sales Advisors. Learning Unlimited is the employer engagement arm of the College,... Read More

Traineeships help local engineering firm to find local...

Finding a talented workforce is always a challenge for companies with specialist skill requirements but one local engineering firm from Derby thinks it has found the right formula to help maintain their worldwide reputation. Working with Learning Unlimited, Aerodyn used the traineeship programme to find local talent to become... Read More

Apprenticeships celebrated for helping to deliver quali...

In a special celebration at Learning Unlimited, 64 apprentices working with Heathcotes Care were recognised for their hard work and commitment to training and successfully completing their apprenticeships. The event marked the achievements of learners at all levels including the first higher level health and social care apprentices who... Read More

Nottinghamshire emerges as transport and logistics hub

Nottinghamshire is fast becoming the Transport and Logistics hub for the country as local industry has experienced remarkable growth, whist the rest of the country has failed to follow suit. According to a report conducted by Invest Ashfield & Mansfield, Nottinghamshire’s Transportation and Logistics industry experienced unrivalled growth of 7.9... Read More